By Lisa Meade
We all have a story.
It is the tale of who we are, how we came to be and where we hope to go. It holds the potential to make us uniquely whole. It sometimes defines us, often confines us, can inspire, challenge or disappoint.
Knowing that everyone does have their unique story, the shaman listens with ears of understanding, looks for the messages between the lines of the story and weaves the frayed strands together to bring alignment and healing. The energies of the story can be found in the physical body, the emotional and the spiritual body as well. Sometimes we see obvious tell tale signs of our story as they manifest within our body. Sometimes the story lies deep within and is often hidden from the eyes of the world.
We learn from our stories and we learn from the stories of others as well.
Our stories provide us with tremendous lessons from which to grow. It is up to us to be open to these lessons. We learn our patterns and our blockages. We learn what is ready to be released or embraced.
We learn how we have healed and how we have not.
No two people, no matter how similar they are, share the same story. So to offer unsolicited advice is often pointless. But when we are asked to witness and listen to someone’s story, we can create an opportunity for the engagement of the energies. We can hold with compassion, we can provide encouragement and we can celebrate successes. We can be a loving vessel for the energies to pour themselves into—to be honored.
The shaman is often called the Master Storyteller. She will listen to the story and read between the lines. She will find the soul loss, she will help to retrieve what has retreated and heal what is broken. She will bring the story to a place of wholeness and restore the beauty and wonder that is called and defined by that soul. It is within the wispy layers of the story that she finds the energies of graceful expansion or for welcomed release.
Knowing this about our stories, we are gifted the opportunity to change the way in which we listen. Instead of engaging without being asked, we can instead witness with honor and respect.
We can listen and be open to the possible lessons that are meant for us.
And if we are given the role to do more than witness, we hold the potential to be in service to the soul of the story. We are given an opportunity to answer to the call of duty to be healer, teacher, or more.
The greatness of the story awaits.
Editor: Dana Gornall